Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada appears likely to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury that caused him to have a delayed start at Spring Training.
Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the spring and Dustin Ackley delivered a key two-run double, lifting the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Monday night in Tampa, Fla. For the Tigers, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton hit back-to-back home runs.
Starlin Castro has dazzled the Yankees on both sides of the ball this spring, hitting with authority while contributing a few defensive plays that offered reminders of Robinson Cano’s smooth style. As he prepares to call Yankee Stadium his new home, Castro just might be the team’s X-factor this season.
Pitching and a pair of homers dominated the day as Marcus Stroman and Vince Velasquez had scoreless outings for their respective teams in a game that the Blue Jays went on to win, 2-1, over the Phillies on Monday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
The Orioles optioned right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday afternoon, whittling their spring roster to 41.
Chris Tillman will start the Orioles’ season opener, manager Buck Showalter announced on Monday. The right-hander, who has been the team’s Opening Day starter the past two seasons, will face the Twins in Baltimore on April 4.
Nolan Reimold, gaining steam in his quest to win a roster spot, clubbed his third homer in the last four games to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Monday at JetBlue Park.
The Blue Jays answered their most pressing question of the spring by officially announcing Monday morning that right-hander Aaron Sanchez will be in their starting rotation.
The Rays’ 2016 season opener on Sunday at Tropicana Field against the Blue Jays is sold out, marking the 11th consecutive season the club has sold out its home opener.
The Blue Jays added some depth to their organization — at least temporarily — by claiming first baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero off waivers from the Mariners on Monday afternoon.
Toronto is expected to announce its final roster at some point on Tuesday. The Blue Jays still have to publicly choose a closer, a fourth outfielder and the final two spots in the bullpen.